Ellison’s Elicia Barcinas, center, receives the Player of the Week award from Kayte Muniz, right, Freddy’s Steakburgers’ general manager. Participating in the ceremony was Ellison head coach Sarah Stolley, left.

When Ellison Lady Eagles junior Elicia Barcinas was informed she was voted the Freddy’ Player of the Week she jumped for joy.

And if you’ve ever seen the 5-foot-6 Barcinas play volleyball, you know that jump was no small leap.

“When I heard I won Player of the Week, I was jumping higher than when I spike,” she said.

That’s a high jump.

And Barcinas did quite a bit of leaping to earn her nomination for Player of the Week.

In wins over Killeen and Gatesville, Barcinas had 20 kills.

“Elicia had a great week for us,” said Ellison head coach Sarah Stolley. “She was the go-to girl for us and led us in kills in both matches.”

“This season,” said Barcinas, “we’ve promised Coach that we’ll always play our hardest no matter what. I just wanted to play my best so I could help my team win.”

Ellison is currently 3-5 in District 8-6A action, in fourth place, and 18-13 overall.

“I always expect the best from us,” Barcinas said.

“I believe we can succeed if we put our hearts into it.”

Barcinas clearly put her heart into getting better since last season.

“I’m jumping a lot higher now,” she said. “It’s all due to a lot of conditioning.”

Barcinas is Ellison’s starting right-side hitter.

“Elicia has been so committed,” Stolley said.

“She is so dedicated to improving and being a good teammate. This season, she’s taken the right-side spot and owned it.”

Stolley was thrilled to hear Barcinas earned the Player of the Week award. The other nominees were Copperas Cove’s Brianna Acker, Bulldawgs football player Floyd Connell and Belton Tiger Garrison Vaughn.

“Well, Elicia is the first girl to win the award this season so let’s hear it for ‘Girl Power,’” said Stolley with a chuckle. “The football players owned it for awhile. Elicia was nervous about it once she got nominated. But she got so much support and she was very grateful for that.

“On the court, she has become such a consistent hitter for us. She’s a super-hard worker. She’s also great in her classes. She’s a lot of fun to coach — her potential is limitless.”

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